Lawmakers sent "surveys" to the presidents of 19 universities in hopes of getting answers as to what the universities are doing to curb piracy on campus. But the surveys weren't just to find out what's being done, as House Judiciary Committee member Lamar Smith (R-TX) made a veiled threat to universities that do not provide satisfactory answers back to Congress. "If we do not receive acceptable answers, Congress will be forced to act," Smith said in a statement.
"The fact that copyright piracy is not unique to college and university campuses is not an excuse for higher education officials to fail to take responsible steps to eliminate such activity nor to appropriately sanction such conduct when discovered," the letter reads...
U.S. Congress puts pressure on universities to curb piracy
Posted on Monday, May 07 2007 @ 01:10 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
ARS Technica reports the U.S. Congress is putting pressure on colleges and universities all over the U.S. to curb piracy on campus.